• Jan 18, 2011
Mazda Minagi Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Even though the Mazda Shinari concept probably won't see the light of day as a production car, its design will indeed influence the next crop of Mazda's production vehicles. Case in point: The Minagi concept that is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Take one look at this crossover concept's front end and the Shinari influence is crystal clear.

When the Minagi comes to life, it will slot below the CX-7 within Mazda's lineup. In fact, we've already spied a test mule for this new small CUV, dubbed CX-5, meaning Mazda's plans for production are moving forward at a rather rapid pace. A good thing, since we're eager to see how this Shinari-inspired crossover looks in motion.



[Sources: Autokopen (translated)]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks like the Acura beak.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes! That's a great front end with a lot of potential for all of its cars. The whole rendering is very good looking.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sugaki

        My thoughts as well. Take away the stylized wind tunnel stream and imagine that grill in real life and it is the Acura bird beak all over again. AHHHH! Glad to see the stupid grin gone but please no bird beaks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        As long as that styling makes it to production, this thing is a winner.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Umm...wow. The wife initially loved the CX-7 and leased one --- she turned it in vowing not get another SUV again. We currently own an FX, and she likes it. But it's a bit too "raw" for softer driving tastes. She likes sporty and the Minagi fits her definition well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This may be blasphemous, but the grill kinda reminds me of the Acura power plenum grill, with the top half kinda looking like a beak. Guess gotta see more than concept art to make a better judgment though. I do like the overall design language.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1 This Shinari design seems to look great on every car, compared with that Nagare design that Mazda stuck with before. The Nagare looked great on concepts like the Furai (one of my all time favorite car designs) but it really didn't translate to cars like this CUV.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess I'm still one of the few who never had an issue with the Acura beak grille.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't even care for SUVs too much, and I would consider buying this. Change the other Mazdas to look like this, and I will buy my fourth Mazda. I refuse to buy another one until that front end design changes.

      And while I'm dreaming, how about shrinking the 6 back to its original size and bringing back the V6/manual combo?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great...All bodes well for Mazda's new offerings...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like an FX-35 in miniature.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a nice evolution if the current 3. Hopefully when the wheel size and roof height are production ready it will still be as handsome. The current 3's front end isn't so bad, but it looks too big for the rest of the car because of pedestrian regulations I assume.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks just like the Ford Vertrek concept (new Escape) with a different front end treatment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing. Looking at the rear end, I can't help but notice the slim, compacted upright shape of the vehicle, and the shape of the greenhouse and rear window. Looks like They will again share the same platform.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I thought that when I first looked at it. It would look similar as I am sure they would still share a platform. I like it and the Ford too!
        • 3 Years Ago
        First thing I thought when I saw it too
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, great design with a better face!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Delicious.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Butt... that roofline is Identical to the new Ford Focus, esp. the "D" pillar treatment... cant they at least be original instead of copy copy copy...!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      To my eyes most of the new crossovers copy the first generation Infiniti FX.
        • 3 Years Ago
        that and the Murano d-pillar
        that is being spread across the whole automotive industry
        Mazda even put it in the Mazda 3 (the mini Murano)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Months before its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the clever spies within the automotive industry had managed to scoop out the very first images of Mazda’s much awaited crossover, the Mazda Minagi concept. http://www.onlinetruckbuy.com/
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks flippin' incredible.

      Good God I love that Kodo design language.
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